Borneo Encompassed
16 days from Kota Kinabalu to Kuching
From $ 3329
Duration16 days

Few travel opportunities are as rare or special as the one to really get out there and explore the must-be-seen-to-be-believed nature and wildlife of the island of Borneo. Start at its heights by summiting UNESCO-designated Mt Kinabalu before descending into the mind-blowing caves of Gunung Mulu National Park. Throw in some unconventional cultural moments like drifting along the water by long boat and overnighting in an Iban longhouse of the Malay people and you've got 16 days of adventure that'll remain with you forever.

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  • Duration: 16 days
    Service level: Standard
  • Starts in: Kota Kinabalu
    Physical Grading: Demanding
  • Ends in: Kuching
    Ages: 12+

Itinerary

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Day 1: Kota Kinabalu

Start place: Kota Kinabalu

Arrive at any time.

End place: Kota Kinabalu

Day 2: Kota Kinabalu/Mount Kinabalu

Start place: Kota Kinabalu

Travel to the base of Mt Kinabalu, the highest mountain between the Himalayas and Papua New Guinea.

In the afternoon, stretch your legs by exploring the trails around the park or check out the visitor centre.
Travel to Mt Kinabalu. Opt to hike the nature trails, or enjoy an excursion to Poring hot springs and a canopy walk with some free time.

End place: Mount Kinabalu

Meals: B, D
Day 3: Mount Kinabalu

Start place: Mount Kinabalu

Set off early to begin the ascent up Mt Kinabalu. It is not an easy walk, but it is incredibly rewarding. Willpower is the main requirement as it's uphill all the way!

Spend the night at Laban Rata in basic mountain huts 3,272m (10,735 ft) above sea level.

Turn in early to prepare for the final climb very early in the morning.
Head off to conquer Mt Kinabalu. During the first day's climb to Laban Rata, enjoy a packed lunch on the way. The hike can take from 5-7 hrs. Indulge in a buffet-style dinner then rest up for an early start to summit the mountain in the morning.

End place: Mount Kinabalu

Meals: B, L, D
Day 4: Mount Kinabalu/Kota Kinabalu

Start place: Mount Kinabalu

Summit Mt Kinabalu (3-5hrs) and arrive in time for sunrise. Return to Laban Rata for a rest and to the park headquarters for lunch. Transfer back to Kota Kinabalu.

End place: Kota Kinabalu

Meals: B, L
Day 5: Kota Kinabalu/Gunung Mulu National Park

Start place: Kota Kinabalu

Upon arrival in Miri, you will disembark from the plane with the group, retrieve your luggage, and pass it on to our ground operator so it can be transferred to Limbang. You will then go through passport control at Miri airport and board the flight to Mulu.
Fly to Mulu via Miri and transfer to the lodge. Head into the park for a walk through the forest and explore Deer Cave. In the evening go on a walk in search of bats hunting for insects. After leaving your luggage with our ground operator at Miri airport, you will not have access to it again until the group arrives in Limbang. You will need to pack an overnight bag with your essentials for two nights in the national park. Be sure to use a backpack as you will need to do some walking through the jungle and make a few transportation connections with your overnight bag.

End place: Gunung Mulu National Park

Meals: B
Day 6: Gunung Mulu National Park

Start place: Gunung Mulu National Park

Depart the lodge, board a longboat and travel along the Melinau River to the Wind and Clearwater caves. Explore the caves, take a dip in the crystal clear waters, and enjoy a picnic lunch in the rainforest. Continue by longboat to Kuala Litut and start the trek through dense jungle to Camp 5, our stop for the night.

End place: Gunung Mulu National Park

Meals: B, L, D
Day 7: Headhunters Trail/Limbang

Start place: Gunung Mulu National Park

Set out on the Headhunters Trail, an 11 kilometre trail through Borneo's dense jungle. Trek past streams and caves, all while hearing the sounds of the thousands of species that call this jungle home. Learn about the rich history of the warring parties that created this trail before arriving at Kuala Terikan where you will board a boat down the river to Limbang.

End place: Limbang

Meals: B, L, D
Day 8: Limbang/Pulau Tiga

Start place: Limbang

Start off early for a busy day of travel – by ferry, boat, and private vehicle – to the tropical island of Pulau Tiga. After arriving on the island head out on a trek to a mud volcano and learn more about the region.

End place: Pulau Tiga

Meals: B, D
Day 9: Pulau Tiga

Start place: Pulau Tiga

Enjoy a free day on this tropical paradise. Opt to go snorkelling, kayaking, or visit Snake Island.

End place: Pulau Tiga

Meals: B, L, D
Day 10: Pulau Tiga/Kota Kinabalu

Start place: Pulau Tiga

In Kota Kinabalu, opt to check out the restaurants along the waterfront with some free time in the evening.
After breakfast, depart for Kuala Penyu by boat where you will transfer to a private vehicle and continue to Kota Kinabalu.

End place: Kota Kinabalu

Meals: B
Day 11: Kota Kinabalu/Kuching

Start place: Kota Kinabalu

Fly from Kota Kinabalu to Kuching. Enjoy some free time in the evening.

End place: Kuching

Day 12: Kuching/Bako National Park

Start place: Kuching

Depart Kuching in the morning, passing through mangrove forest before arriving at Bako village. Continue along the coast by motorized boat to reach Bako National Park. Hike through the park and experience amazing plant and wildlife. Be sure to keep an eye out for the proboscis monkey. Return to Kuching in the evening.

End place: Kuching

Meals: B, L
Day 13: Kuching/Batang Ai

Start place: Kuching

Drive through the scenic countryside, passing plantations, rivers, rainforest to reach the Batang Ai jetty, stopping en route to visit a trading town and a local farmhouse. From the jetty transfer via boat to a local Iban longhouse and enjoy a stay with this welcoming community while learning more about their culture.

End place: Batang Ai

Meals: B, L, D
Day 14: Batang Ai

Start place: Batang Ai

Witness a blowpipe demonstration before setting off by longboat for a trip across the lake. Disembark and enjoy a hike through the forest and a local lunch at a scenic locale. Enjoy a refreshing dip in the water before heading to our hotel for the night.

End place: Batang Ai

Meals: B, L
Day 15: Batang Ai/Kuching

Start place: Batang Ai

Return to the jetty by boat and continue overland to Kuching, stopping en route to visit the Semenggoh Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre and with some luck spot a wild orangutan passing through.

End place: Kuching

Meals: B, L
Day 16: Kuching

Start place: Kuching

Depart at any time.

End place: Kuching

Meals: B

Inclusions

Included

  • Local Living: Iban Longhouse Homestay, Batang Ai
  • Mt Kinabalu hike (2 days)
  • Deer and Lang caves visit
  • Bat exodus observation
  • Wind and Clearwater caves exploration
  • Rainforest picnic
  • Headhunter Trail trek (2 days)
  • Mud volcano visit and trek (Pulau Tiga)
  • Bako NP excursion
  • Trading town and farm visit
  • Blowpipe demonstration
  • Forest hike and local lunch
  • Semenggoh Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre visit
  • Internal flights
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
  • Transport

    Private vehicle, Plane, Longboat, Ferry, Boat, Walking
  • Accommodation

    Hotels (10 nts), Mountain lodge (2 nts, multi-share), Lodge (1 nt), Basic lodge (1 nt, multi-share), Traditional longhouse (1 nt, multi-share)
  • Meals

    14 breakfasts,
    9 lunches,
    7 dinners

Dates & availability: Borneo Encompassed

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Departing Sat, 09/01/2018 Finishing Sun, 09/16/2018 Catalog Price $ 3329 Sale Price $ 3329 5 Book
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Departing Sat, 11/03/2018 Finishing Sun, 11/18/2018 Catalog Price $ 3159 Sale Price $ 3159 9 Book
Departing Sat, 12/01/2018 Finishing Sun, 12/16/2018 Catalog Price $ 3159 Sale Price $ 3159 13 Book
Departing Tue, 12/25/2018 Finishing Wed, 01/09/2019 Catalog Price $ 3159 Sale Price $ 3159 10 Book
Departing Sat, 01/26/2019 Finishing Sun, 02/10/2019 Catalog Price $ 3159 Sale Price $ 3159 6 Book

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